[ US /iˈtɝnəɫ, ɪˈtɝnəɫ/ ]
[ UK /ɪtˈɜːnə‍l/ ]
  1. continuing forever or indefinitely
    life everlasting
    eternal truths
    the unending bliss of heaven
    the ageless themes of love and revenge
    hell's perpetual fires
  2. tiresomely long; seemingly without end
    an endless conversation
    endless debates
    an interminable sermon
    eternal quarreling
    the wait seemed eternal
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How To Use eternal In A Sentence

  • I'm sure there will be a generous amount of worthies stepping forward to parse every sentence, on the eternal quest for the definitive admission that it's over.
  • Accordingly he compromised by saying that while the present world as it is is not eternal, it came from a primitive "hyle" or matter, which was eternal. A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy
  • There was once a fairy who created the fields and forests expressly for those in love, — in that eternal hedge-school of lovers, which is forever beginning anew, and which will last as long as there are hedges and scholars. Les Miserables
  • So far is he from admitting the possibility of any dissiliency between the Divine will and absolute right, that he turns the tables on his opponents, and classes among Atheists those of his contemporaries who maintain that God can command what is contrary to the intrinsic right; that He has no inclination to the good of his creatures; that He can justly doom an innocent being to eternal torments; or that whatever God wills is just because He wills it. A Manual of Moral Philosophy
  • If used to designate eternal distinctions in God, it leads to tritheism, which is a form of polytheism.
  • His ponderous declaration: "I write by the light of two eternal truths, religion and the monarchy," was a sort of cheap-jack recommendation of the so-called philosophy in his _Comedie Humaine_. Balzac
  • The edification of this house is gradually to be perfected more and more till the coming of Christ, by laying the foundation of Christianity, in bringing men still unto Christ, and carrying on the superstruction in perfecting them in Christ in all spiritual growth, till at last the top-stone be laid on, the Church completed, and translated _to the house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens_. The Divine Right of Church Government by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London
  • In some respects she seems destined to remain the eternal outsider. Times, Sunday Times
  • It recognizes the Ten Commandments as eternal law and the Old Testament as Holy Writ.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ, being the wisdom of God and his eternal Son, has put on our flesh, so as to be God and man in one person; man, like unto us, capable of suffering in body and sinon en tant qu'il a ete pur de toute macule. The Creeds of the Evangelical Protestant Churches.
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